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D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson (Denise Forbes) is a theatre director, sculptor, designer, scholar. Dr. Forbes-Erickson is the founder and Artistic Director of the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble started at Kent State University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of African American Theatre and Dramatic Literature, Department of Theatre and Dance, California State University, Sacramento, USA. Her expertise is in Pan-African theatres, including African American, Caribbean, and African theatres and performances. Dr. Forbes-Erickson received a doctorate in Theatre: Performance as Public Practice with a Doctoral Portfolio in African and African American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, December 2013. She holds a MA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2006; a BA (Hons) degree in Theatre Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, 1999; and a Diploma in Sculpture from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, 1990.
Dr. Forbes-Erickson has worked across various disciplines in the visual arts and theatre practice, and has exhibited and/or designed for theatre in England, the Czech Republic, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. She has designed for ProArts Collective, the premier African American Theatre Company in Austin, Texas; Theatre Centre Company in London, England, and the acclaimed Little Theatre Movement National Pantomime Company of Jamaica. In sculpture, her media are welded steel and mixed media in mostly expressive skeletal figures with themes on freedom from the strictures of gravity; and on odysseys, journeys and the metaphysical world. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Jamaica and England, and public commissions. Selected designed productions include ‘Biyi Bandele’s "Oronooko," Wole Soyinka’s "Death and The King’s Horseman," Derek Walcott’s "Dream on Monkey Mountain," and Sophocles's "Oedipus The King." She has directed and designed academic theatre in Kingston, Jamaica, Austin, Texas, Lexington, Kentucky, Kent, Ohio, , and London, England.